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Indian Women's Hockey Has Proved Itself At Tokyo 2020, Now It Needs To Be Treated At Par With Men: Sjoerd Marijne

Dutch coach Sjoerd Marijne has decided to move on from Indian hockey. Tokyo Olympics was his final assignment

Indian Women's Hockey Has Proved Itself At Tokyo 2020, Now It Needs To Be Treated At Par With Men: Sjoerd Marijne
Sjoerd Marijne with India women hockey players. | Courtesy: The Hockey India
Indian Women's Hockey Has Proved Itself At Tokyo 2020, Now It Needs To Be Treated At Par With Men: Sjoerd Marijne
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2021-08-06T20:22:09+05:30

Imploring India to treat women's hockey team like the men's, outgoing head coach Sjoerd Marijne said that the "system needs to support them". In his last match as the team's head coach, Marijne witnessed a fighting India go down 3-4 to Great Britain in the Tokyo Olympics bronze medal play-off on Friday.

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"Women must play tournaments like the men. Have a premier league for women. Women have shown that they are capable. The system needs to support them. I won't be here but the girls can do better with more support," said Marijne.

Marijne also said would not ask his players to hold back tears after a heart-breaking defeat but wants them to cherish the reality that they have inspired the country with their lion-hearted show.

The bronze medal play of was match Marijne last match as India coach 

The history-making Indian women team lost 3-4 to Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze play-off.

Nevertheless, it secured its best ever finish, ending the Games in fourth position. The team had already created history and surpassed all expectations by entering the semifinals of the Olympics for the first time.

"...first the emotion is about losing, yeah you want to win, but really is I feel proud. I'm proud of the girls, how they again showed their fight and skills," the Dutch said.

"And I said to the girls, 'Listen, I can't take away your tears. No words will help for that. We didn't win the medal, but I think we achieved something bigger, and it's inspiring a country and make the country proud.'

"...I think the world have seen another Indian team, and I'm really proud of that."

The Marijne also lavished praised on the players for the fighting spirit they displayed throughout the competition.

"And normally when Indian woman team is 2-0 behind they always went 3-0, 4-0, but now they keep fighting. We came back in the match, we even were one up."

"They kept fighting. I told them, 'You just give everything you've got," he said.

The coach hoped that his players will get a grand welcome for the tenacity they showed in the Games despite returning empty-handed.

"I feel so blessed to have been able to do this four and a half years for India. And I'm overwhelmed with reactions. And there will be a moment the girls will realise this.

"And I hope the country will embrace them and keep them in the heart,' Marijne said.

(With PTI inputs)

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